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The Roar

A book by Emma Clayton

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  • Nov 7, 2010
Fantastic young adult dystopian book with some great world building, told in alternating narratives.
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November 08, 2010
I definitely need to go in and add some stuff. I did it late at night, so when I find some time I will improve it.
 
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review by . April 15, 2009
When I ordered this book I did not realize it leaned more towards the young adult section. Nevertheless, while not my particular brand of coffee, it was enjoyable enough but nothing I would recommend to my network of friends.    The story was interesting and easy to follow, with a few twists and turns along the way (although with careful reading some of them could be deduced or assumed).    The biggest drawback with ROAR was the mediocre characterization. …
review by . January 15, 2009
Emma Clayton's first novel is set in a near dystopian future. Due to an "animal plague", all of the known residents of the world are crammed into the far norther hemisphere behind a protective wall while the rest of the world is a sterilized desert to eliminate the animals that caused the plague.    The world halts having children for 30 years as it reels from the devastation and gradually separates into three classes, a rich upper class of managers and officials who live in …
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Grade 5–8—In a bleak future, humans use terrible chemicals to fight The Animal Plague that causes all of the world's animals to go rabid and renders most of the planet uninhabitable. The population now cowers in overcrowded walled cities. Mika, 12, and his parents live in London in terrible conditions. His twin, Ellie, supposedly drowned a year earlier, but Mika is convinced that she still lives. He's right. The story begins with Ellie and a tiny monkey named Puck fleeing a spaceship in a stolen Pod Fighter. Sadly, their attempt to escape is foiled by the evil Mal Gorman, who has a plan to co-opt the entire first generation of children born after the Plague and make them into an army for his own nefarious purposes. And Gorman has special plans for kids like Mika and Ellie, whose mutations give them unique abilities. To save his sister, Mika will have to win a contest involving simulator battle games and many deadly challenges, using abilities he never knew he had. The story starts fast and never slows down. While the bad guys are a bit stereotypical, the good guys are interesting and realistic. There's a touch of the supernatural, some interesting philosophical questions, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave readers hungry for more. Give this one to readers not quite ready for Orson Scott Card.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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ISBN-10: 0439925932
ISBN-13: 978-0439925938
Author: Emma Clayton
Publisher: The Chicken House

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